Our work in the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee

Our MEPs are strongly committed to fighting all forms of discrimination. Defending fundamental rights for everyone is a key goal. We want to close the employment and pay gaps that affect women all over Europe on an everyday basis.  Our key goal and priority from among those listed below is to combat all forms of violence against women. 

Our priorities

  • To conclude the Work-Life Balance Directive in order to improve maternity leave rights and guarantee paternity leave so fathers get rights to spend time with their children and partners.
  • Revising the 2006 Equal Treatment Directive to introduce effective sanctions in order to promote equal treatment and pay for men and women.
  • Adopting coherent legislation to promote equal sharing of responsibilities between men and women. There is a need to implement measures in the informal care system and to acknowledge the invisible and low-paid work of women in these areas. 
  • Reinforcing non-legislative measures to promote innovative working-time arrangements in order to reconcile work and family life in the broader sense.
  • Strategic public investment to provide more high-quality, affordable childcare.
  • To urge the EU to ratify the Istanbul Convention on combatting violence against women.
  • To promote the role of women in the ICT (Information and communications technology) sector and their leadership roles in the digital economy.
  • To consolidate and expand sexual health and reproductive rights for women and girls.
  • To introduce fair taxation.
  • To ensure that gender equality and women's rights perspectives are present in all policies across sectors.
  • To focus on and recognise new forms of harassment with the introduction of new technologies.
  • To find common definitions and gender indicators to evaluate women's rights.

MEPs involved

REGNER Evelyn

REGNER Evelyn

Chair
Austria
BIEDROŃ Robert

BIEDROŃ Robert

Vice-chair
Poland
NOICHL Maria

NOICHL Maria

Coordinator
Germany
FRITZON Heléne

FRITZON Heléne

Member
Sweden
GALVEZ MUÑOZ Lina

GALVEZ MUÑOZ Lina

Member
Spain
BLINKEVIČIŪTĖ Vilija

BLINKEVIČIŪTĖ Vilija

Member
Lithuania
PICIERNO Pina

PICIERNO Pina

Member
Italy
PLUMB Rovana

PLUMB Rovana

Substitute
Romania
MORETTI Alessandra

MORETTI Alessandra

Substitute
Italy
FLAŠÍKOVÁ BEŇOVÁ Monika

FLAŠÍKOVÁ BEŇOVÁ Monika

Substitute
Slovakia

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